Dr Zach is a Gonstead chiropractor in San Diego. He focuses on the person as a whole. This includes chiropractic adjustments for the obvious low back pain, neck pain, headaches, but also overall health as well as nutrition. Nutritional changes to oneself not only creates a visual change, it also provides health internally. There are a wide array of tips and tricks, but it really comes down to some simple basics when looking into nutrition. Here are the top 10 nutritional basics we have narrowed it down to.
1. Sodium - Keep it at a minimum
Sodium for those who may not know is salt. It is not the flavor of the salt that is of concern. It is what it does to the body. Before talking about the negative things it does, lets be positive first. If we remember back to high school biology - Sodium/Potassium pump that is required for our bodies cells to function so do NOT completely push Sodium aside. Sodium is what can create a heavy thirst sensation, it also increases our body to retain or hold water, but what it commonly gets noted for is increasing our blood pressure.
2. Whole Grains - Consume them
Hesitant to put this as many people think all grains are equal. They are not. Cereal, quick packets of breakfast oatmeal, etc are not good grains. Even boxed pasta in general is not an ideal form of grains. Focus on whole grains if you are going to consume them.
3. Seafood - Eat it
Seafood has some amazing nutrients in it, primarily Fatty Omega 3s. Fatty Omega 3s are infamous for heart health.
4. Calories - Eat Less
Everyone has tried one diet or another. When you boil down all of the fluff of each and every diet, it comes down to one simple concept. Eat less calories than you burn. That is if your goal like most is to lose weight.
5. Produce - Eat More
If your grandmother is a lot like mine growing up. It was mandatory to eat your vegetables or you were not done. Well they were on to something. Produce is a key essential to all basis of nutrition. San Diego chiropractor - Dr Zach Beatty, DC agrees. He encourages all patients in his chiropractic office in San Diego to eat produce. It creates roughage for better digestion.
6. Protein - Diversify
Think of your protein intake like your investment plans. What is the basic to that? Diversify. Spread out your assets over multiple categories. When consuming protein, think the same way. There is always the debate of red meat, lean meat, etc. Well They all have their benefits. There are actually other forms of protein outside of just meat. You can get your protein from things like nuts, legumes, and beans.
7. Dairy - "Low Fat"
Now this one will get some controversy of course. However I am not a big fan of low fat dairy. When something has been altered it changes it nutritional value, plain and simple. Also fats are incredibly important for our bodies. So keep eating good healthy fats. If you eat dairy, up the fat content a little bit. Your body will be thanking you.
8. Saturated/Trans Fats - Avoid
This has been a topic that has spread across the globe like wildfire, as it should. So many fast food restaurants were using these for almost everything. It got to the point cities, even countries put laws in place to protect its people from consuming these saturated/trans fats.
9. Water - Drink It
All of the cells in our body demands water for their survival. From recent statistics about 60% of bodies are composed of water. There are so many benefits of drinking water, especially in the sunny San Diego climate.
10. Dessert - Minimize
Everyone has a sweet tooth at one time or another. They can be addicting, but more importantly they are typically made from foods that should be avoided. They should be consumed in moderation if consumed at all.
Growing up it was presented to us as a food pyramid, not is it presented to children in San Diego and across the country as a food plate. Again as your La Jolla chiropractor I encourage all of you to take these tips, do more research specifically and add them accordingly to your already existing diet.
Dr. Zach Beatty, DC
Gonstead Family Chiropractic
San Diego Chiropractor